Anthony Joshua is a former unified world heavyweight champion boxer. He previously held the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles between 2016 and 2019 before suffering the first loss of his professional career to Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
How exactly did Joshua get here? And just how much money has he made throughout his career?
Anthony Joshua Net Worth: $60 Million
In just six years of professional boxing, Joshua has earned an average of over $10 million a year. Following his upcoming fight against Parker, set for March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Joshua will have earned nearly $40 million from his last two fights alone.
Troubled Youth and Early Career: 1989 — 2011
Born Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua on October 15, 1989, Joshua spent his childhood split between a Nigerian boarding school and a secondary school near his hometown of Hertfordshire. It was in secondary school that Joshua began excelling at athletics, playing well in soccer and setting an age-group record at the time by running 100m in 11.6 seconds.
Despite success in sports and popularity in school, Joshua struggled with fighting throughout his youth, ending up in jail on multiple occasions and even avoiding longer jail time following an incident in which he grabbed another player around the neck during a game of soccer and flipped them over his shoulder.
At the behest of his cousin, Joshua took up boxing at age 18, working his way quickly through the amateur circuit. In 2010 he won the Amateur Boxing Association of England championships after just his 18th bout, eventually turning down an offer of over $70,000 to turn pro. By 2011, he had been named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxer Writers Club of England, finishing his amateur career with a record of 40-3 and earning a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games.
2012 Olympics and Rise to the Top: 2012 – 2018
Joshua entered the 2012 Olympics as a relative unknown in the world boxing scene, despite finishing as a silver medalist in the amateur world tournament. He entered the Olympic boxing tournament as the youngest member of the super heavyweight division, winning a couple of controversial bouts that saw him fall behind early before battling back to win by decision. The gold medal bout was no different, as Joshua languished against defending World Champion Roberto Cammarelle before battling back to tie it going into the final round. In the end, Joshua would be awarded the marginal victory. In 2013, he would be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
Following his Olympic victory, Joshua would go on to turn pro in 2013. He breezed through many of these early fights, racking up knockout after knockout on his way towards his first IBF heavyweight title belt opportunity. Holding a slew of smaller heavyweight belts already, Joshua defeated American boxer Charles Martin in April 2016 to win the IBF heavyweight title for the first time. One year later, Joshua would double down by defeating Wladimir Klitschko to retain the IBF title and win both the World Boxing Association’s super heavyweight belt as well as the IBO heavyweight title.
Going into his March 31st bout against Parker for the WBO heavyweight title, Joshua was 20-0 in his professional career, with all 20 wins coming via knockout.